214 TEBDICT OX INDIA charge that we did not achieve miracles. And when Lord Wavell ' came to Delhi, we nearly did. Why ? Because once again we had the courage to rule as we thought fit, without timidity or sub* servience to Nationalist criticism. Wavell treated the whole problem from a military angle, issuing crisp, decisive orders and showing, from the outset, that he would c stand no nonsense/ And the vast majority of Indians breathed a sigh of relief. Now, at last, something would be done. Now, at last, the interminable wrangles in the Assembly would echo into limbo, and be silenced by the clear-cut commands of British officers. True, the Press was not noticeably co-operative. There were sneering references to WavelTs eyeglass, which was described as yet another example of 4 Vice-regal pomposity.5 (He wears it to conceal the fact that one eye was blinded in battle.) There were many suggestions that the only reason the British were concerning themselves with the problem at all was because they feared the famine might adversely influence their military position. However, if one read between the lines, one detected a sense of gratitude. It was the same sort of gratitude which has so often caused crowds of religious rioters to cry,b Thank God they're here! * when British troops have arrived to restore order. Needless to say this gratitude is never expressed in print; the humble masses who are saved from bloodshed are not of the class who write letters ta the papers. All the outside world knows of these matters is that some Congress leader has been hit on the nose with a bamboo rod, and this is reckoned as yet another black mark against Imperial brutality. But the Indian knows—the real Indian, the .peasant in his paddy field, who only prays to be left in peace. The Indian knows, and the Indian will remember. Let us hope that he will have too bitter cause to remember—and to regret—in the stormy days that lie ahead.